Homeopathy is a wonderful option for helping soon-to-be moms keep their labor progressing, and for new moms to get comfortable after delivery.
Remedies during Labor:
When the much-anticipated moment finally arrives and we go into labor, occasionally things don’t progress as smoothly as hoped. Here are a few tried and true remedies to encourage a smoother labor.
Caulophyllum: Apprehension, irritability, nervous excitement, irregular/ineffective contractions, failure to dilate.
Chamomilla: Extremely sensitive/intolerant to pain, irritable and cross, failure to dilate.
Cimicifuga: Gloomy, morose mood, doubts and fears about ability to continue, stalled labor, weak contractions, failure to dilate.
Gelsemium: Fear anticipating the delivery, shivering, weakness, chills, apathetic mood, labor pains felt in low back.
Kali-carb: Chills with the contractions and very painful back labor.
Pulsatilla: Emotional/moody/weepy, strong need for affection and emotional support ,intolerance to warm room/heat, desires open air or fan, short, irregular contraction, slow dilation. Low thirst.
Nux-vomica: Urging for stool or urination with contractions, irritable mood, wants to be left alone, chilly.
Remedies After Birth:
The miracle of birth is often accompanied by what are called after-pains… contractions of the uterus that follow in the days after delivery.
Arnica: Arnica should be administered immediately after delivery and taken every 4-6 hours for the next few days to manage pain, bleeding, bruising and swelling. It can be miraculous in healing all trauma to the area!
Belladonna: When uterine pains come on suddenly and disappear with equal suddenness. General heatin the body.
Bryonia: If the after-pains are worsened by the least motion, as in taking a deep breath or riding in a car.
Chamomilla: The pains are very distressing – almost unbearable. The new mom is in a very irritable mood and cannot be pleased.
Coffea: The mom is sleepless – wide awake and restless– and the pain is most distressing – she feels it very acutely.
Ignatia: Much sighing and sadness with the pains. Baby blues.
Nux vomica: Aching and cramping pains. Every pain causes an inclination to have a stool. Patient is excessively irritable and chilly.
Pulsatilla: In mild, tearful temperaments. Pains grow worse towards evening. No thirst with bad taste in the mouth. Feels better with the window open or with a fan.
Rhus tox: Pains are worse at night with restlessness and are better with heat and from changing position.
Sepia: A constant sense of a weight or downward pressure in the rectum or vagina. Chilliness and irritability. Might have difficulty bonding with the newborn.
Sulphur: Flushes of heat and weakness, feet often burning hot, particularly in the soles. Thirsty.
Enjoy your newborn!